Port Authority Offers Help to Replace Pollution-Spewing Trucks

Port Authority officials hope to reduce the amount of air pollution generated by the hundreds of trucks that haul cargo to and from the city's ports.

"Our proposal today is to replace older trucks that serve our port and we’re going to be providing incentives for truck drivers to replace those trucks with newer vehicles over the next year," says Rick Larrabee, director of Port Commerce.

He announced the clean air strategy with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Trucking Association. Starting next year, trucks made before 1994 will be banned from the port. By 2017, all trucks will have to be compliant with the EPA's latest diesel emissions standards.

Later phases of the clean air strategy will focus on reducing emissions from ships and cargo handling equipment.